How to Help

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Donate Supplies or Volunteer

Volunteer Within the City and County of Denver

The City and County of Denver has partnered  with Mile High United Way to make it easy to help.

  • Volunteer from home: Learn about virtual volunteering.
  • Volunteer in person: for those who are young, healthy, and showing no symptoms of the virus, Mile High United Way's nonprofit partners need volunteers to help to prepare meals, distribute supplies and help keep our local shelter facilities clean and safe. Learn more.
  • Community Partners: If you need volunteers, email to submit specific information on your volunteer needs and shift times. 

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment is not currently hiring or soliciting volunteers for Contact Tracing, as we are managing with internal and partner resources. If DDPHE does begin seeking volunteers or hiring staff for Contact Tracing, we will post a link on this site. Please check back in the future, and we appreciate all of the offers of support we have received thus far!

Volunteer With the State of Colorado

  • Spark the Change Colorado has partnered with the State of Colorado to help match volunteers and organizations who need volunteers through the COVID-19 response. Visit to learn more. Volunteers: If you'd like to sign up to volunteer, Please fill out the Volunteer Registration form.
  • Community Partners: If you're a community partner or government agency that would like to post volunteer opportunities and request volunteers, submit a Community Partner Volunteer Needs Request.

"A Little Help" for Older Adults

A Little Help is a local nonprofit connecting neighbors to help older adults thrive. They are looking for older adults who need a little help with grocery shopping and/or prescription pick-up and delivery, as well as phone calls to check-in and for social connection.

Help spread the word to neighbors in need!


Volunteers are needed for:

  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Prescription pick-up and delivery
  • Help with yard work or snow shoveling
  • "Care calls" - Phone calls to older adults who are staying home and might not have anyone to talk to. Phone calls help provide a safety and wellness check and offer a form of safe social engagement.

Must pass background check.

Register Online to Volunteer

Contact us for questions and help spread the word! 

Donate Funds

Donate to the City and County of Denver

Not everyone is able to volunteer in person, so a donation account is already established to accept donations. These donations will help our shelters and other service providers purchase much-needed supplies.

Donate Through The Mile High United Way

Donate to the State of Colorado

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund is hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way. The fund will be overseen by a committee of community leaders from across Colorado and will be providing aid to support Colorado communities and organizations affected by the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Funds will provide flexible resources to organizations in our state working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the outbreak.

Donate to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund

Denver Small Business Emergency Relief Fund

Support Denver’s Small Businesses Effected by COVID-19.

Pledge your support for Denver's small businesses

Donate Blood & Other Ways To Give

Donate Blood

The nation's blood banks are urging healthy individuals to donate blood.

Blood drives are critical to ensuring an adequate supply of blood to treat trauma patients and people in hospitals who need emergency surgery; however, blood drives at workplaces and college campuses across the country have been canceled in recent weeks, limiting the nation's blood supply.

Social distancing guidelines allow people to leave home for the necessities -- donating blood is a necessity.

If you are a healthy individual, it’s important to donate blood if you can. Volunteer blood donors are the only source of blood for those in need. (One donation can help save the lives of up to 3 people.)

Individuals donating blood should be in good health and should not donate if they are sick, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Blood collection processes follow policies established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to keep donors and patients safe.

Schedule an appointment or find a local blood donation center:

Cook and Deliver Meals

Lost City has partnered with Denver Food RescueFocus Points Family Resource Center, Bondadosa (a food & delivery service) and Friends and Family to cook and deliver free meals to low-income folks impacted by COVID-19 in the Denver ;metro area. is a collective of 501c3's and for-profits.

For information, please contact:

Kevin Galaba, volunteer

Voluntary Guidelines for Charitable Food Providers in Outdoor or Public Settings

The City of Denver has a vast array of service providers, community groups, and individuals who are critical in addressing food insecurity for our community.  To promote the health of those being served and to prevent issues such as food contamination, litter, rodent activity, and other public health and environmental hazards, Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) and the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) have established voluntary guidelines for charitable food providers (CFPs).  These voluntary guidelines are intended for charitable food operations that prepare or serve food to the public outside a commercial kitchen such as in a park, outside a church, or in any other public setting. 

COVID-19 Controls: Maintain social distance as much as possible during charitable food service operations; restrict ill staff from participating; ensure ample supply of hand sanitizer and is available for use by people distributing food and those consuming, and set up a portable hand washing station if possible.

  • One or more CFP staff should remain on-site for the duration of the event to oversee the proper disposal of litter to the extent possible.
  • No liquids except for clean water shall be discharged on to the ground.
  • If unpackaged foods are handled or served by the CFP, a temporary handwashing station(PDF, 521KB)  (p. 4 of the link) with hot and cold water under pressure, soap and paper towels and effective greywater collection should be provided and used.  If only prepackaged food is served, CFPs should at a minimum provide a means of hand sanitizing for servers and patrons. 
  • Food handlers must adhere to safe hygiene, hand washing, safe food temperatures, and other food handling practices as described in the Denver Food Establishment Rules & Regulations, Ch. 23 DRMC.
  • No self-service of food by patrons is allowed.
  • Charitable food events must not involve open cooking or food preparation unless operating off a licensed food truck or cart. The food that is served must be prepared in advance offsite at a non-residential kitchen that is maintained in a clean and sanitary manner.
  • Charitable food events are subject to inspection by DDPHE and DPR if in City parks and shall cooperate with city officials during inspections. 
  • CFPs must observe traffic safety laws and motor vehicle parking and stopping rules. CFPs should make efforts to operate on hard surfaces while not restricting the ability to pass through.